Kikan S Illustration Magazine No. 33

Posted By yonghow on May 22nd, 2011

“Kikan S” is a popular Japanese illustration magazine released quarterly ( in March, June, September and December ), and contains a superb collection of the latest art work from the top illustrators and comic artists working in Japan. Browsing a copy is a great way to be introduced to new and upcoming artists, as well as staying in touch with the latest news and development in the Japanese comics/animation industry. Every issue comes with a pull out poster illustrated by Range Murata. ( image below )

The theme/special coverage for this issue is background art  –  so we have features and interviews with some of the best background artists working in the field, including Kimura Shinji ( of Tekkon Kinkreet, Steamboy fame ) and Yamamoto Nizou ( Mononoke Hime, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. )

(above) Background artwork from Final Fantasy XIV. Below – a step by step tutorial on how to paint a background of an everyday life street scene.

(above) Illustrations from regular contributors Yoko Tanji and Pinfan. ( below)

Kikan S magazine, being a periodical, gets limited prints so do purchase your copy early. Once the issue is sold out, the publisher will not issue reprints and the only way to get a copy is via a 2nd hand bookseller via Amazon Japan.

“Kikan S Illustration Magazine No. 33″ details :

– Dimensions –11.6 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 185 pages
– Full color / b & w
– Comes with fold-out Range Murata Poster ( see 2nd image of this post )

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6 Responses to “Kikan S Illustration Magazine No. 33”


Very cool stuff.


yay i purchased this one months ago. I don’t regret paying for it.


hi! is there any other way to buy this if the sellers doesnt ship to sg?


Concur, higly recommended magazin and I’ve been able to get in on it since vol.20 (+vol.13).

Ashley, if Amazon don’t ship to you, try


FAUNA/whitezero/Tobias – Lots of fans for this magazine. :]

ashley – In addition to the link Tobias provided, if you wish to purchase an item on Amazon Japan that doesn’t ship to Singapore, you can use a forwarding service like Simply sign up for a free account, and tenso will provide you with a japanese address. Amazon will ship to this Japanese address, and tenso will then re-ship the item to you in Singapore, at a fee, of course.

Rasmus Mozahn

You stopped reviewing Kikan S magazines? =(